Here are three vastly different interpretations first made by the King James Bible then by the New International Version.
Romans 13:1 ‘ Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.‘ New International Version (1970′s)
If I were to accept this version of the Bible you would be right. I know through study that Bibles have been manipulated throughout history, so I don’t accept them at face value nor will I spout off what some priest says in mass. I will do my own homework. Remember who paid to do the translations … Kings. So is there bias involved? I’ll let you decide that for yourself.
Here is the same passage this time from the New King James Bible translated in 1769.
Romans 13:1 ‘Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.’
I see a difference between the two. But let’s not stop there, lets go even deeper. How about the King James Bible translated in 1611. Here is what it says:
Romans 13:1 ‘Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. ‘
WOW! Big difference! Now scripture is talking about ‘higher powers’. That may or may not mean ‘governing authorities’. How can we know for sure. Well the New Testament was translated from Greek, so what do the Greek words mean when we translate ‘higher powers’
Higher – Strongs G5252 hyperechō
1) to have or hold over one
2) to stand out, rise above, overtop
a) to be above, be superior in rank, authority, power
1) the prominent men, rulers
b) to excel, to be superior, better than, to surpass
Powers – Strongs G1849 exousia
1) power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases
a) leave or permission
2) physical and mental power
a) the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises
3) the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
4) the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)
So when I go to the ancient Greek version of the Bible, all of a sudden it tells me that I am suppose to submit to the power that rises above and stand out over power of choice, physical and mental power, power of authority, power of rule or government. That would be the power of the Creator only! That is opposite of what the NIV bible translated to. See the manipulation? I pray you do.
Acts 5:29 ‘Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. ‘
What about the very first commandment Exodus 20:3 ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’
Do you know what ‘gods’ translated from?
The very first commandment means we are not supposed to have any judges, rulers or divine ones before the Great I AM, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.
Even 1 Samuel 8 talks about the consequences of us choosing to have a king govern us rather than God govern us. This passage describes exactly what we see today in our world.
You may not agree with me and if you don’t I respect that. I am not here to force my will upon you but rather share with you my thoughts and feelings.
I choose to have the Creator govern me and I will do all I can to not participate, consent or condone those who choose to follow ‘mans’ laws. If people want to force those ‘laws’ against me I will not comply. Does not matter what level of force they use. I accept God’s covenant. I accept that I AM that I AM and I accept that the Kingdom of God is within me. I shall follow the Creator rather than Man.
Peace to you all.
I AM that I AM
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